Of course this happens in game one. And, of course the call gets botched:
Yes, that’s blood running down Alex Pietrangelo’s throat, and yes, that was Dwight King doing something that should have necessitated a five minute major and a game misconduct. I think I’ve been pretty consistent all year long (regardless of team) when I’ve said that you don’t hit guys into the boards when they’re a few feet out. They fall instead of hitting the boards, and then what happens to Petro happens. It’s basic physics, and if the NHL is serious about protecting players they go after hits like that.
Or call two minute minors. Whatever. Will Shanny look at this? Who knows. I wouldn’t be shocked if he didn’t. Just a note, though, that the same ref that botched this call also botched the Raffi Torres into Marian Hossa hit in round one. Later he and the other ref working this game missed a T.J. Oshie high stick to the face to Colin Frasier that made Frasier’s eye bleed.
Thank God linesmen are competent. Well, kind of thank God, since that gave the Kings a four minute powerplay, but still — if that would have gone totally uncalled it would have been absurd. Then again, the fact that refs are rewarded for terrible jobs done by being moved up a round in the playoffs is absurd, too, so anything’s possible.